The Watson Health medical imaging collaborative is an initiative comprised of leading health systems, academic medical centres, private radiology practices, ambulatory radiology providers, and imaging technology companies that are finding ways to use medical imaging to identify and predict the risk of cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the eye, brain and heart and related conditions.
New collaborative members Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, IDx LLC, PrivaCors, Strategic Radiology, Sutter Health, Pacific Radiology Group, University of Michigan and University of Virginia Health System join founding members Agfa HealthCare, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Baptist Health South Florida, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Hologic Inc., ifa systems AG, inoveon, Radiology Associates of South Florida, Sentara Healthcare, Sheridan Healthcare, Topcon, UC San Diego Health, University of Miami Health System, University of Vermont Health Network, vRad, a MEDNAX company and Merge, an IBM company.
"The medical imaging collaborative is vital to Watson's ongoing training and the development of cognitive imaging solutions to address the world's pressing health challenges", stated Anne Le Grand, vice president of Imaging for Watson Health. "Members of the collaborative helped design and curate data for Watson Imaging Clinical Review, which we debut today at the HIMSS17 conference."
Watson Health will debut Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering from IBM. The offering reviews medical data including images to help health care providers identify the most critical cases that require attention.
The first application for the offering is cardiovascular disease, starting with a common condition called aortic stenosis (AS). AS, which affects 1.5 million Americans, occurs when the aortic valve in the heart is narrowed, impeding blood flow to the rest of the body and causing shortness of breath, tiredness, and chest pain. A pilot study found that Watson Clinical Review Imaging was able to help hospital personnel identify potential AS patients who had not been previously flagged for follow up cardiovascular care.
Using Watson Imaging Clinical Review, hospital administrators may identify cases where follow up care is warranted and assure EMR information is complete. It uses cognitive text analytics to read structured and unstructured information in a cardiologists medical report, combines that with a variety of data from other sources, e.g. EMR problem list, and extracts relevant information to verify key data, including the diagnosis, is accurately reflected throughout the health record.
"Watson Imaging Clinical Review is the type of targeted AI-driven tool that providers could put to use to help them standardize care delivered across their organisation, and gradually build a critical mass of reproducible results from their patient population. In doing so, it can support a population health-driven approach to personalized care", stated Nadim Michel Daher, a medical imaging and informatics analyst for Frost & Sullivan.
"Out of the gate, this type of cognitive tool may provide big benefits to hospitals and doctors, providing insights we don't currently have and doing so in a way that fits how we work", stated Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health of South Florida and chairman and CEO of Radiology Associates of South Florida.
IBM plans to supplement the release of this offering with nine additional cardiovascular conditions, such as myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), valve disorders, cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle), and deep vein thrombosis.